The World Health Organization’s World Report on Disabilities ranked Infertility as the fifth largest serious global disability. In the industrialized world infertility effects 10-15% of couples and individuals trying to conceive. That number is on the rise. The impact of infertility creates a complex web of trauma and loss that touches the core of who we are as women.
Pregnancy is emotionally and culturally linked to femininity. An infertility diagnosis can lead to feelings of isolation, it can lower self esteem and it can create or exacerbate marital problems. Infertility has been described as one of the most upsetting experiences in a persons life and it has been shown to produce the same levels of anxiety and depression as patients diagnosed with cancer, hypertension and heart attack.
[Infertility] has been shown to produce the same levels of anxiety and depression as patients diagnosed with cancer, hypertension and heart attack.
Yet, the loss associated with infertility in our society is vastly diminished compared to other diseases. Culturally and emotionally we spend a lot of time focusing on “getting pregnant”. When it doesn’t happen (or doesn't happen as easily as "it should") it becomes the “white elephant in the room” rarely spoken about and acknowledged. This exasperates feelings of loss and isolation. I strongly encourage women to try and talk openly about what they are going for and look for a supportive environment of other women travelling a similar path. Many communities have support groups and there are also online communities where you can share and grieve openly.
I was honoured to be asked to join Author, Energy Practitioner and radio show host Nancy Mae on her News for the Soul Radio show Life Transitions. In the interview I describe my journey through infertility and we talked a lot about the connection between Infertility and Grief. You can listen to the interview HERE.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all. ~ Emily Dickinson
Yoga has been (and continues to be) a huge part of my healing process. As a Yoga Therapist I have a special interest in helping women who are struggling to achieve the family they dream of. There are many ways that Yoga and Yoga Therapy can support women as they travel this path - it can help manage stress, process grief/loss and improve increase blood flow to reproductive organs to name a few. It is also very beneficial for preparing the body and mind for pregnancy (if that is part of your journey). Yoga Therapy is a complimentary practice that can support you if you are seeking medical and alternative fertility treatments. I work on-on-one with women and I am currently developing workshops to support women who are dealing with infertility and/or for support in their fertility journey. I offer a FREE Mudras for Fertility workbook. Mudras are very simple and effective ways of supporting your emotional health. And, they can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. Get your copy HERE.
If you would like more information about how yoga can support you, schedule A FREE 20 minute consultation by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "FREE CONSULTATION" or by calling me 226-927-4804.